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"Now WHATEVER YOU DO, none of you leak my phone to the blogosphere." Whoops, sorry Stephen Elop.  (Source: YouTube)

Nokia's super-confidential first Windows Phone 7 handset looks a lot like the N9.  (Source: Technet)
Company's worse nightmare -- blogosphere mass exposure -- is realized

Stephen Elop, the embattled former Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Canada executive-turned Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1V) first non-Finnish CEO, held a humorous press conference in which he pleaded with the press not to share video of the super secret first Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset that he was going to show them.

He beseeched [video]:
So now I'm going to just ask everybody to put away your cameras, turn off all of the recording devices.  I'm serious because I'm going to share something with you that's a big debate, should we show this in front of what's will be thousands of people around the world because this is something that is super-confidential and we do not want to see out in the blogosphere -- wherever it is.
Of course some evil reporter did indeed grab video and photos of the device, which are now sitting up on the aforementioned blogosphere.  The offender appears to be László Ferenc over at Hungarian site TechNet -- of course, the leak could have come from elsewhere as well.

The video only contains the start of the talk, which mentions "Gorilla Glass", "beautiful design", and a "pillow-shaped backing".

Looking at the pictures, the phone looks a lot like the recently announced N9, which has a look somewhat akin to an oversized fourth generation iPod Nano from Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  In the Windows Phone 7 version, code named "Sea Ray", the LED has been moved slightly, but it appears to have the same 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens.  A hardware shutter button has been added to the side of the phone, in conforming with the WP7 spec.

The device is also reportedly running Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango".

The sooner Nokia can get the device to market in massive quantities, the better.  At this point Nokia is hemorrhaging market share at an alarming rate. The biggest reason why is simply that customers don't want to buy phones on a dying platform -- Symbian.  They might feel a bit different about a slick Windows Phone 7 handset, though.


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A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jnemesh on 6/23/2011 11:44:34 AM , Rating: -1
OK, so we have a rectangular slate with Gorilla Glass, 8mp camera and a decent screen. It is EXACTLY the same hardware we are seeing currently from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and others RIGHT NOW...and this phone launches MONTHS from now!

The sad truth is that even if they have the best built phone out there, not many people will notice it next to everyone else's phones that look just the same. What is going to make more of a difference is the ecosystem, and people's willingness to invest in Microsoft's. They may be able to pull something off with the Xbox fans (and all 10 zune fans), but XBOX and Zune integration is the only real thing differentiating the phone.

From alienating the core business users, to launching with a buggy, non-multitasking OS, to bricking (temporarily) phones with updates, WP7 has been a comedy (or tragedy, if you are a Microsoft employee) of errors from the beginning. Now, with under 2% market share, two of the largest companies in mobile are betting their entire future on this OS. My gut feeling says that they will continue to loose customers, especially after Nokia's dismissal of Symbian and MeeGo.

We will have to see what happens in the end, but I am thinking Elop and Ballmer should polish their resumes!




RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By Ramstark on 6/23/2011 12:11:21 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
"From alienating the core business users, to launching with a buggy, non-multitasking OS, to bricking (temporarily) phones with updates, WP7 has been a comedy (or tragedy, if you are a Microsoft employee) of errors from the beginning. Now, with under 2% market share, two of the largest companies in mobile are betting their entire future on this OS..."


Mmm...interesting, I think I can find these exact comment a year ago, but I also think it was about Android OS...


RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jnemesh on 6/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By bplewis24 on 6/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jvillaro on 6/23/2011 11:47:38 PM , Rating: 4
You forgot the <sarcasm> </sarcasm> tags


RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By Gungel on 6/23/2011 12:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
The potential for WP7 is going to be huge. Windows 8 and WP7 will be tightly integrated with each other. Xbox live and all of Microsoft's cloud services are also connected to WP7. WP7 will be the mobile door to access all of these services on the go.


RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By OoklaTheMok on 6/23/2011 1:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Exact same hardware? I don't know about you, but I use my phone as a camera quite a bit, and having a quality lens and sensor makes a huge difference to me. HTC and Samsung phones make awful cameras. My old Blackberry camera was so much better than the current HTC/Samsung phones. It was only 3.2MP, but the focus and noise were so much better. This feature is a key decision point to me and I don't see another phone maker putting this much detail into the camera portion of their devices.

So you may feel it is the same, and to a degree it is, but it is also refined and improved making it better than the same.


RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By bug77 on 6/23/2011 3:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, in your case the gazillion megapixels may be the culprits, not Samsung or HTC. 3.2MP may make sense on a phone, but 8MP? There are SLR lenses out there that won't resolve that much detail. And cramming all that on a tiny sensor, is bound to cause noise issues, no matter who makes the camera.


RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By radium69 on 6/24/2011 2:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, my current Nokia N8 makes great pictures, and next year I'll need a phone that has the same or better camera.
I like the idea of having a camera on my phone and use it for point and shoot pictures. Also sound quality and smoothness of the video camera is great.

It's an absolute pleasure to have a phone that can be very usefull in every way. Think of that as a carcam, or pictures for holiday, without needing to buy a seperate point and shoot camera. MP3 playback quality matters aswell, pretty handy when you're not driving and feel like taking a break for a moment.

All of my previous phones had this, but it's becoming more and more of a pain in the bum to find a new phone with the nice qualities.
Just my 2 cents.


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